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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. HILLIARD, farmer, Section 27, P. O. Columbus, was born in Pennsylvania, November 1, 1820. He received a business education and began the boot and shoe business at the age of twenty-two, which he continued eight years. He then went to Ohio and carried on the boot and shoe business for fifteen years. Came to Kansas in 1868, when he settled on a farm of 160 acres, which he has improved, and is now growing grain, stock and fruits. He has running water for stock on his farm, and artificial ponds. It is enclosed with three and one-half miles of good hedge fence and 250 rods wire fence. He was married to Miss Lidie Osterstock, of Pennsylvania, in 1844. They have three children living—Benjamin F., Annie M. and Marion. They have lost eight children—Emeline, Edwin, William, Clinton J., James B., Grant, William (second) and Willis.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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